The “Do’s & Don’ts” of Pets & Plants

The “Do’s & Don’ts” of Pets & Plants The “Do’s & Don’ts” of Pets & Plants
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Living and breathing plants certainly add something to a space that is difficult to replicate—a soothing presence in a room that may otherwise seem a bit lifeless. Add that to the real health benefits that houseplants can bring to your life, and it’s easy to see why so many people want to find room for houseplants within their families of big humans, little humans, and furry friends.


DO enjoy the purified air provided by your houseplants.

The right houseplants are definitely worth the effort. Not only is all that extra greenery aesthetically pleasing and adept at creating a soothing living space, each plant is also an expert at air filtration! In fact, most houseplants filter out air pollutants, maintain moisture levels in the atmosphere around them, and naturally reduce the level of indoor carbon dioxide. What’s more, some studies show that houseplants could improve your overall mood and increase your productivity

“My morning routine has always started by getting the fur kids squared away with a walk & breakfast but now recently since adopting roughly 90 houseplants and succulents in the past few months working from home that routine has extended to include their daily care as well. There’s nothing more relaxing than standing on my patio, coffee mug in hand, assessing each of my botanical buddies for any hydration, sunlight, or pruning needs. I’ve named a few of them (for example, Dr. Ian Malcolm my Monstera deliciosa) and often speak words of encouragement like “grow little buddy!” and “you’re so beautiful!”. It’s so therapeutic and relaxing spending time caring for them, I’d even go so far as to call them ESPs (Emotional Support Plants)!” 
Amber – Primal Territory Manager

DON’T choose a plant that can be toxic to your pets.

The wrong plant can present a real health hazard to your dog or cat. Some common houseplants can be toxic to animals when ingested, resulting in serious health issues. Fortunately, there is a myriad of beautiful indoor and outdoor plants that are totally safe for your pets, and the ASPCA has put together a very extensive reference guide for common plants and their interactions with domesticated animals.

DO put smaller plants in a location that is inaccessible to your pets.

In some cases, especially when the houseplant is small or fragile, it’s best to keep the plant away from your pets entirely. You can hang plants from ceiling hooks, place them on top of tall furniture, or find a decorative stand to place them around the room more strategically.

“If I think about what makes me actually smile the most each day, hands down it’s watching my dogs and cats play. They are one of the greatest joys in my life. They do however take some effort to care for properly. Learning about what food to feed them and how to care for them isn’t always easy, and creating a life that serves their needs does take some time- but SO WORTH IT for the joy they bring. Having almost 100 plants inside my home is exactly the same. It does take effort making sure any toxic plants are placed up high, and that the plants down low aren’t to enticing for the cats to play with. I love Sansevieria – Snake Plant- down low as it its ridged so less exciting for pets to want to play with. But the challenge is fun! I have created long shelves way up high in the home to line with wrapping houseplants where they are out of way for the animals. Watching them grow is calming and enjoyable. I love the challenge and joy that comes from being a Dog mom, Cat mom and Plant mom and I would not have it any other way.”
Jessica – Primal Retail Training Manager

DON’T place very tall or very heavy plants where they might be knocked over.

If you have a cat in your life, then you’re already aware of how crafty they can be in knocking things over that seemed completely inaccessible. If you have a dog in your life, then you already know just how excited they can get—a kinetic force that could bowl over even the sturdiest plant pots. So, keep these things in mind when planning out the houseplants for each room that is open to your pets. Pay special attention to your very tall or very heavy plants, as they often present the greatest hazard and the greatest mess to clean up.

DO use simple and gentle deterrents to keep your plant’s soil safe.

Your plant’s soil will naturally attract your pets. Your dog will undoubtedly want to dig around in it to discover new smells, and your cat will likely want to use it for a litter box. To deter this behavior, you can cover your soil in river pebbles like our Primal expert below! If your pet is still disturbing the soil, you may need to remove the plant from that location until you can establish a better routine with your dog or cat.

“There’s the old saying that a house isn’t necessarily a home without Pets or Plants. When I bought my first home a few years ago I only had the pet part and knew I wanted to “spruce” up my place (pun intended) with some living décor. Having two very curious felines, I of course did my research in what is toxic and what wouldn’t be. I settled on 5 very nice tree like plants but what I didn’t expect were for my potted friends to become litter boxes for my cats! So proud and excited they were to have multiple “POTties”, I knew I needed to remedy this fast if my new pet plants were going to survive. I then discovered placing river rocks atop the soil not only made for a lovely aesthetic but kept my tree friends healthy and pee free!“
Carly – Primal Sales Manager